2000-06-09 - "Tried but True"
There's an old maxim that is not written explicitly in the Bible, but nevertheless it is Scripturally sound: "God helps those who help themselves." He will do His part, but He expects us to do ours.
The book of 2 Kings 5 recounts the story of Naaman the leper. He expected God's prophet to simply pronounce him cured, but God had something else in mind. Naaman had to take some initiative.
2 Kings 5:9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha's house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy."
God gives us intelligence, ability and resources, and He expects us to use them. I know of a woman with diabetes, who refuses to take insulin. She says "the Lord will heal me." Yes He certainly can, but He often works through doctors and medicines. I myself have been guilty of this in another arena of life. I used to think "if God wants me involved in such-and-such ministry, He will have someone call me and ask me to join." But sometimes we need to "knock on a door," make a phone call, ask a question, try something out. Sometimes we need to take the initiative. It is not conducive to our spiritual growth for us to sit back passively and wait for God to act. Within God's will, we need to take an active role. Are you intrigued by a ministry at your church? "Test the waters" by getting involved on a small scale and see how it goes. Do you think someone needs a listening ear? Don't wait for them to ask; they probably will not. Offer it and the worst that has happened, is that someone knows you care. I urge you to ask God to show you where you need to take an initiative. God will fulfill His role every time, but we can't expect Him to fulfill ours.